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JP4872850B2
JP4872850B2 JP2007202132A JP2007202132A JP4872850B2 JP 4872850 B2 JP4872850 B2 JP 4872850B2 JP 2007202132 A JP2007202132 A JP 2007202132A JP 2007202132 A JP2007202132 A JP 2007202132A JP 4872850 B2 JP4872850 B2 JP 4872850B2
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Description

  The present invention relates to an image reading apparatus.

A ring-shaped belt, a pair of rotating members that rotate to stretch the belt and rotate the belt, and an image read from an original that moves as the belt rotates while being fixed to the belt An image reading apparatus having an image reading unit for the purpose and a pair of frames connected to each other has already been known (for example, see Patent Document 1). Moreover, each of a pair of said rotary body is rotatably supported.
JP 2000-37921 A

  By the way, in order to reduce the cost of the image reading apparatus, attempts have been made to simplify the image reading apparatus. As a measure for simplifying the image reading apparatus, for example, a support shaft for supporting one of the rotating bodies is integrated with one of the frame bodies to reduce the number of components of the image reading apparatus. Conceivable.

  However, when the support shaft is integrated with one of the frame bodies, the position of the support shaft is fixed, and thus the axial load applied to the support shaft by the belt being stretched between the pair of rotating bodies. This makes it easier for the support shaft to fall down. Further, when the axial load continues to be applied to the support shaft, the so-called creep increases the degree of lodging of the support shaft. If the degree of lodging becomes significant, it becomes difficult for the image reading apparatus to read an image appropriately.

  The present invention has been made in view of such a problem, and the object of the present invention is to appropriately support one of a pair of rotating bodies with a belt stretched on a support shaft integrated with a frame body. is there.

In order to solve the above-mentioned problem, the main present invention is to provide a ring-shaped belt, a pair of rotating bodies that stretch the belt and rotate to rotate the belt, and the belt fixed to the belt. An image reading unit for reading an image from a document, a pair of frames connected to each other, and one of the rotating bodies that are integrated with one of the frames are rotatably supported. And a support shaft for the other, and the other frame body, the belt is stretched between the pair of rotating bodies, and the load on the support shaft caused by the axial load applied to the support shaft is regulated. The restricting portion includes a fitting hole for fitting the tip end portion of the support shaft, and receives the support shaft integrated with the other frame body. Projecting bearings, and the bearings are A flat contact surface provided on an inner peripheral surface surrounding the fitting hole for contacting the tip, and contact when the contact surface contacts the tip The lowering is regulated by bringing the abutment surface into contact with the tip so that the direction and the direction in which the axial load is applied to the support shaft are opposite to each other. A bottom frame and a side frame erected at one end in a direction along the contact direction of the bottom frame, and the bearing portion protrudes from the bottom frame and the outer periphery of the bearing portion An image reading apparatus comprising: a rib extending from a surface in a direction along the abutting direction and in contact with the bottom frame and the side frame .

  Other features of the present invention will become apparent from the description of the present specification and the accompanying drawings.

  At least the following will be made clear by the description of the present specification and the accompanying drawings.

  First, a ring-shaped belt, a pair of rotating bodies that rotate to stretch the belt and rotate the belt, and an image from an original that moves as the belt rotates while being fixed to the belt An image reading unit for reading image data, a pair of frame bodies connected to each other, a support shaft that is integrated with one of the frame bodies and rotatably supports one of the rotating bodies, and the other frame body And a restricting portion for restricting the fall of the support shaft caused by the axial load applied to the support shaft when the belt is stretched between the pair of rotating bodies.

  In such an image reading apparatus, since the increase in the degree of fall of the support shaft due to creep is restricted by the restriction portion, the support shaft is prevented from significantly falling down. That is, even with the support shaft that has been easily laid down by being integrated with one of the frame bodies, it is possible to appropriately support one of the pair of rotating bodies on which the belt is stretched.

  In the image reading apparatus, the restricting portion includes a fitting hole for fitting a tip end portion of the support shaft, and receives the support shaft integrated with the other frame body. It is good also as a projection-shaped bearing part. With such a configuration, the number of components of the image reading apparatus is reduced as compared with a configuration in which the restriction unit is separately provided, and thus the image reading apparatus is further simplified.

  Further, in the above image reading apparatus, the bearing portion includes a flat contact surface provided on an inner peripheral surface surrounding the fitting hole, for contacting the tip portion. The contact surface is brought into contact with the tip portion so that the contact direction when the contact surface is brought into contact with the tip portion and the direction in which the axial load is applied to the support shaft are opposite to each other. Thus, the lodging may be regulated.

  In the above image reading apparatus, one of the frame bodies includes a bottom frame and a side frame erected at one end in a direction along the contact direction of the bottom frame, and the bearing unit May have ribs that protrude from the bottom frame and extend from the outer peripheral surface of the bearing portion in a direction along the contact direction, and that are in contact with the bottom frame and the side frame. With such a configuration, it is possible to improve the strength of the bearing portion against the load applied to the bearing portion when the abutting surface is brought into contact with the tip portion.

  In the image reading apparatus, the bearing portion may extend from a portion located on the contact surface side of the inner peripheral surface to a portion located on the opposite side of the contact surface in the direction along the contact direction. It is good also as having the provided rib. With such a configuration, it is possible to further improve the strength of the bearing portion against the load applied to the bearing portion when the abutting surface is brought into contact with the tip portion.

  In the image reading apparatus, the pair of rotating bodies is a pair of pulleys, the support shaft rotatably supports one of the pulleys, and the bearing portion supports the one of the pulleys. It may be possible to prevent the shaft from coming off. With such a configuration, the number of components of the image reading apparatus is reduced as compared with a configuration in which a member for preventing the separation is separately provided, so that the image reading apparatus is further simplified. .

=== Regarding the Image Reading Apparatus of the Present Embodiment ===
Hereinafter, a composite apparatus 2 as an example of an image reading apparatus will be outlined with reference to FIG. FIG. 1 is a block diagram of the composite apparatus 2.

  The multifunction device 2 has a scanner function for reading an image from a document, a printer function for printing an image on paper based on print data from an external computer 3, and a copy function for printing an image read from a document on paper. It is equipped with.

  As illustrated in FIG. 1, the multifunction apparatus 2 includes a controller 10, a scanner unit 20, and a printer unit 30. The controller 10 is for controlling the composite apparatus 2 and includes an interface 11 (indicated as I / F in FIG. 1), a CPU 12, a memory 13, and a unit control circuit 14. The CPU 12 controls each unit (that is, the scanner unit 20 and the printer unit 30) by the unit control circuit 14 in accordance with a program stored in the memory 13.

  The scanner unit 20 includes a placement glass 100 (for example, see FIG. 3A) for placing a document, reads an image of the entire document placed on the placement glass 100, and stores the image data ( Hereinafter, it is also simply referred to as image data). The acquired image data is transmitted to the computer 3 via the controller 10. As described above, when the scanner unit 20 reads an image from a document and acquires image data, the scanner function of the multifunction apparatus 2 is exhibited. Details of the configuration of the scanner unit 20 will be described later.

  The printer unit 30 alternately performs a transport operation for transporting paper and a dot formation operation for forming dots on the paper by ejecting ink from nozzles provided in a head (not shown) that moves above the paper. The image is printed on the paper repeatedly. The printer function of the composite apparatus 2 is exhibited by the printer unit 30 repeating the transport operation and the dot forming operation. In addition, the scanner unit 20 acquires image data of a document, and the printer unit 30 forms an image on a sheet based on the image data, whereby the copy function of the multifunction device 2 is exhibited.

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Next, the basic configuration of the scanner unit 20 will be described with reference to FIGS. FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the scanner unit 20. 3A and 3B are perspective views showing the scanner unit 20 with the upper lid 110 opened. 3 and 3B, the main scanning direction and the sub scanning direction of the scanner unit 20 (the main scanning direction and the sub scanning direction will be described later) are indicated by arrows. FIG. 4 is a diagram showing the internal structure of the scanner unit 20, and is a view of the scanner unit 20 with the upper lid 110 and the upper case 130 removed, as viewed from above. In FIG. 4, the main scanning direction and the sub-scanning direction are indicated by arrows. FIG. 5 is a view showing the coil spring 165 locked to the timing belt 161 and is a view of the back side of the carriage 150 fixed to the timing belt 161. In the following description, for convenience of explanation, the side on which the driven pulley 163 is located in the sub-scanning direction is called the upstream side, and the side on which the drive pulley 162 is located is called the downstream side.

  The scanner unit 20 has the appearance shown in FIG. 2 and is attached to the upper part of the composite apparatus 2. As shown in FIGS. 3A and 3B, the scanner unit 20 includes an upper lid 110 that can be opened and closed, and a substantially rectangular placement glass 100. A white original mat 111 is attached to the upper lid 110. Then, when the upper lid 110 is closed with the document placed on the placement glass 100, the document is set horizontally between the document mat 111 and the placement glass 100.

  On the other hand, inside the scanner unit 20, as shown in FIG. 4, an image reading unit 140 for reading an image from a document while moving in the moving direction, and a drive for moving the image reading unit 140 in the moving direction. A mechanism 160 is provided. The image reading unit 140 and the driving mechanism 160 are accommodated in a casing 120 mainly made of a resin material such as plastic. The casing 120 will be described later.

  The image reading unit 140 is positioned below the placement glass 100, irradiates light on the document placed on the placement glass 100, detects the reflected light, and reads the image of the document. As shown in FIG. 4, the image reading unit 140 according to the present embodiment includes a contact image sensor (hereinafter referred to as CIS 142) of a contact optical system and a carriage 150 that moves in the moving direction.

  The CIS 142 includes a light source for irradiating the original, a lens for forming an image of reflected light reflected on the original, and a plurality of CCD sensors for photoelectrically converting the image. The CIS 142 is attached to the carriage 150 and moves together with the carriage 150 in a state where the longitudinal direction thereof is along the longitudinal direction of the carriage 150. Further, as shown in FIG. 4, spacers 180 are attached to both ends of the CIS 142 in the longitudinal direction so as to abut against the glass 100 and maintain a distance between the glass 100 and the CIS 142. . The light receiving elements of the plurality of CCD sensors are arranged in the longitudinal direction of the CIS 142. Hereinafter, the direction in which the light receiving elements are arranged (that is, the longitudinal direction of the image reading unit 140) is referred to as a main scanning direction.

  The carriage 150 is supported by the guide bar 170 by engaging an engagement portion 151 (see FIG. 5) bent in an arc shape provided at the bottom thereof with a cylindrical guide bar 170 (see FIG. 4). Has been. The carriage 150 can slide on the guide bar 170 in the axial direction of the guide bar 170. That is, the axial direction of the guide bar 170 corresponds to the moving direction when the image reading unit 140 moves. As shown in FIG. 4, the longitudinal direction (main scanning direction) of the image reading unit 140 and the axial direction of the guide bar 170 are substantially orthogonal, and the image reading unit 140 is approximately orthogonal to the main scanning direction. Will move in that direction. Hereinafter, the moving direction of the image reading unit 140 (that is, the axial direction of the guide bar 170) is referred to as a sub-scanning direction.

  The driving mechanism 160 includes a timing belt 161, a pair of pulleys that rotate to rotate the timing belt 161 (that is, the driving pulley 162 and the driven pulley 163), and a driving motor (not shown) that rotates the driving pulley 162. ) And a gear train 164 for transmitting the driving force of the driving motor to the driving pulley 162.

  The timing belt 161 is a ring-shaped endless belt, and is stretched between the pair of pulleys in a state where a tension is applied. Specifically, as shown in FIG. 4, in the sub-scanning direction, the driving pulley 162 is disposed at the downstream end, and the driven pulley 163 is disposed at the upstream end. When the timing belt 161 is hung on each of the pair of pulleys, a tension is applied to the timing belt 161 and the belt is stretched substantially parallel to the sub-scanning direction. In the present embodiment, a coil spring 165 is engaged with the timing belt 161 in order to apply tension to the timing belt 161. The coil spring 165 will be described with reference to FIG.

  Of the coil spring 165, a cylindrical portion (cylindrical portion 165a shown in FIG. 5) abuts on the peripheral surface of the timing belt 161, and a winding direction end portion 165b of the coil spring 165 contacts the timing belt 161. I'm stuck. As shown in FIG. 5, the winding direction end 165b is bent along the width direction of the timing belt 161, and further bent along the thickness direction of the timing belt 161 intersecting the width direction, so that the hook is removed. It is formed and caught on the timing belt 161. In the state as described above, the coil spring 165 is locked to the timing belt 161. As a result, as shown in FIG. 5, a bent portion 161a bent in a substantially V shape is formed at a portion of the timing belt 161 where the coil spring 165 is locked.

  When the timing belt 161, to which the coil spring 165 is locked, is stretched between a pair of pulleys, the bent portion 161a is extended in the circumferential direction of the timing belt 161, and accordingly the coil spring 165 is It is elastically deformed (more precisely, the winding direction end 165b of the coil spring 165 is pulled outward in the circumferential direction). When the coil spring 165 is elastically deformed in this manner, both ends of the bent portion 161a in the circumferential direction are pulled toward the inside in the circumferential direction due to the elasticity of the coil spring 165. Accordingly, the timing belt 161 is urged in the circumferential direction by the coil spring 165, and tension is applied from the coil spring 165 to the timing belt 161.

  As shown in FIG. 5, the timing belt 161 is clamped by a clamping unit 152 provided at the bottom of the carriage 150. In other words, the image reading unit 140 is fixed to the timing belt 161 by the clamping unit 152. Therefore, when the timing belt 161 is rotated by the pair of pulleys, the timing belt 161 rotates along the stretching direction with the image reading unit 140. That is, the image reading unit 140 is fixed to the timing belt 161 and moves in the stretching direction of the timing belt 161, that is, the sub-scanning direction as the timing belt 161 rotates. The coil spring 165 is locked to a portion of the timing belt 161 located on the back side of the carriage 150 so as not to hinder the rotation of the timing belt 161 (see FIG. 5).

  In the scanner unit 20 configured as described above, every time the image reading unit 140 is conveyed by an amount corresponding to one pixel in the sub-scanning direction by the rotation of the timing belt 161, the image reading unit 140 executes a reading operation. . In a single reading operation, image data having a size corresponding to the paper width of the document in the main scanning direction and one pixel in the sub-scanning direction is acquired. Then, the image reading unit 140 repeatedly executes the reading operation while being conveyed by a predetermined distance in the sub-scanning direction, and reads an image of the entire area of the document placed on the placement glass 100.

<< About casing >>
Next, the casing 120 according to the present embodiment will be described with reference to FIGS. FIG. 6 is a schematic plan view showing the lower case 122 of the casing 120. FIG. 7 is a schematic plan view (left view) showing the upper case 130 of the casing 120 and an enlarged view (right view) of the bearing portion 136 provided in the upper case 130. 6 and 7 show the inside of each of the lower case 122 and the upper case 130, and the main scanning direction and the sub-scanning direction are indicated by arrows in the drawing. For convenience of illustration, one end and the other end in the main scanning direction are inverted between FIGS. 6 and 7. FIG. 8 is a perspective view of the bearing portion 136. FIG. 9 is a diagram illustrating a state in which the distal end portion 128 a of the driven pulley support shaft 128 is engaged with the fitting hole 136 a of the bearing portion 136. FIG. 9 shows a cross-section taken along the AA plane in FIG. 7 in a state where the distal end portion 128a is fitted in the fitting hole 136a. The sub-scanning direction is shown. FIG. 10 is a view showing a cross section taken along the plane BB in FIG. 9, and the main scanning direction and the sub-scanning direction are indicated by arrows in the drawing.

  The casing 120 according to the present embodiment includes an upper case 130 and a lower case 122 as a pair of frames connected to each other. That is, the casing 120 is formed by connecting both cases so that the upper case 130 covers the upper part of the lower case 122.

  Of the pair of frames, the lower case 122 corresponding to one of the frames is, as shown in FIG. 6, for accommodating the above-described drive motor formed at the bottom of the bottom in the sub-scanning direction. A recess 122a. Further, as shown in FIG. 6, a partition plate 124 made of sheet metal for partitioning the inside and outside of the recess 122a is provided at the opening of the recess 122a. As shown in FIG. 6, the partition plate 124 is provided with a passage hole 124 a for passing the rotation shaft of the drive motor. Further, the partition plate 124 is provided with a plurality of cylindrical protrusions protruding substantially vertically from the upper surface of the partition plate 124. As shown in FIG. 6, a gear for transmitting the driving force of the driving motor and the driving pulley 162 described above are rotatably supported by each protrusion (in FIG. 6, the explanation is easy to understand). Therefore, some of the gears are not shown). That is, the plurality of protrusions include a drive pulley support shaft 126 for supporting the drive pulley 162, and the drive pulley support shaft 126 is integrated with the partition plate 124. Note that a stopper member (not shown) for preventing the drive pulley 162 and the gear from coming off from each projection is attached to the tip of each projection.

  Further, the lower case 122 includes a driven pulley support shaft 128 erected on the upstream side of the bottom portion in the sub-scanning direction. The driven pulley support shaft 128 is a cylindrical protrusion, and is a support shaft for rotatably supporting the driven pulley 163 corresponding to one rotating body. The driven pulley support shaft 128 is integrated with the lower case 122, and is formed integrally with the lower case 122 when the lower case 122 is formed of a resin material.

  As shown in the left diagram of FIG. 7, the upper case 130 corresponding to the other frame body includes a bottom frame 132 in which an opening 132a is formed, and sides of the bottom frame 132 that are erected at both ends in the sub-scanning direction. Frame 134.

  The above-mentioned mounting glass 100 is attached to the bottom frame 132 so as to close the opening 132a. Further, as shown in the left diagram of FIG. 7, a bearing portion 136 for receiving the driven pulley support shaft 128 is provided at the upstream end of the bottom frame 132 in the sub-scanning direction. The bearing portion 136 is a substantially cylindrical protrusion protruding from the bottom frame 132. The bearing portion 136 of this embodiment is integrated with the upper case 130, and is formed integrally with the upper case 130 when the upper case 130 is formed of a resin material. Further, as shown in FIG. 8, the bearing portion 136 is provided with a substantially circular fitting hole 136a for fitting the tip end portion 128a (see FIG. 9) of the driven pulley support shaft 128. . And if the upper case 130 and the lower case 122 are connected, the said front-end | tip part 128a will fit in the fitting hole 136a. As shown in FIGS. 8 and 9, since the opening of the fitting hole 136a is tapered, the opening is wider than the inner part of the fitting hole 136a. Thereby, when the front end portion 128a is fitted into the fitting hole 136a, the front end portion 128a can be easily introduced into the fitting hole 136a.

  Hereinafter, the fitting of the distal end portion 128a into the fitting hole 136a will be specifically described.

  The front end portion 128a is fitted into the fitting hole 136a in a state where each of the pair of pulleys is supported by each support shaft and the timing belt 161 is stretched between the pair of pulleys. Further, as shown in FIG. 9, the outer diameter of the bearing portion 136 is larger than the shaft diameter of the driven pulley support shaft 128, and when the tip end portion 128a is fitted into the fitting hole 136a, the lower portion of the bearing portion 136 is The driven pulley support shaft 128 is positioned outside the driven pulley support shaft 128 so as to surround the driven pulley support shaft 128. As a result, the bearing portion 136 restricts the driven pulley 163 from moving to the distal end side of the driven pulley support shaft 128. That is, the bearing portion 136 of the present embodiment has a retaining portion for preventing the driven pulley 163 from coming off from the driven pulley support shaft 128 by fitting the tip end portion 128a into the fitting hole 136a. Function as.

  Further, when the tensioned timing belt 161 is stretched between a pair of pulleys, the support shafts that support each of the pair of pulleys (that is, the drive pulley support shaft 126 and the driven pulley support shaft 128) are supported. A shaft load (indicated by symbols F1 and F2 in the left diagram of FIG. 7) is applied when the timing belt 161 is stretched between the pair of pulleys. The axial load acts inward in the stretching direction of the timing belt 161 (that is, a direction substantially parallel to the sub-scanning direction). Here, of the support shafts that support each of the pair of pulleys, the driven pulley support shaft 128 is integrally formed with the lower case 122 by the resin material as described above, and therefore, from the drive pulley support shaft 126. Also has low rigidity. For this reason, when the axial load F2 is applied to the driven pulley support shaft 128, the driven pulley support shaft 128 is distorted so as to fall slightly in the direction in which the axial load F2 is applied. In such a state, when the upper case 130 and the lower case 122 are connected and the tip end portion 128a of the driven pulley support shaft 128 is fitted into the fitting hole 136a of the bearing portion 136, the fitting hole 136a has the inside. The bearing portion 136 abuts on the tip portion 128a. As a result, a phenomenon (so-called creep) in which the degree of lodging of the driven pulley support shaft 128 increases as the shaft load F2 continues to be applied to the driven pulley support shaft 128 is regulated. Thus, the bearing part 136 according to the present embodiment functions as a restricting part for restricting the fall of the driven pulley support shaft 128 caused by the axial load F2.

  Hereinafter, the function of the bearing portion 136 for regulating the overturning of the driven pulley support shaft 128 will be described in more detail with reference to FIG.

  When the distal end portion 128a of the driven pulley support shaft 128 is fitted into the fitting hole 136a, as shown in FIGS. 9 and 10, the inner peripheral surface 136b surrounding the fitting hole 136a is downstream in the sub-scanning direction. The portion located on the side abuts on the tip portion 128a. That is, the portion is the contact surface 136c provided on the inner peripheral surface 136b in order to contact the tip portion 128a. Note that the contact surface 136c is a direction in which the axial load F2 is applied when the distal end portion 128a is fitted in the fitting hole 136a (in other words, the stretching direction of the timing belt 161, that is, the sub-scanning direction). In the direction substantially parallel to the front end portion 128a.

  Further, in the present embodiment, as shown in FIG. 10, the contact surface 136c is brought into contact with the tip end portion 128a in the direction from the downstream side to the upstream side in the stretching direction of the timing belt 161. On the other hand, the axial load F2 acts in a direction from the upstream side to the downstream side in the stretching direction. That is, in this embodiment, the contact direction when the contact surface 136c is contacted with the tip end portion 128a and the direction in which the axial load F2 is applied to the driven pulley support shaft 128 are opposite to each other. As described above, the contact surface 136c is brought into contact with the distal end portion 128a. As a result, a contact force (indicated by symbol F3 in FIG. 10) applied to the driven pulley support shaft 128 from the contact surface 136c acts to cancel the shaft load F2. Then, the contact force F3 restricts the fall of the driven pulley support shaft 128 caused by the shaft load F2, and the increase in the degree of the fall due to creep is also suppressed.

  As shown in FIG. 9, the contact surface 136c according to the present embodiment is a lower side of the inner peripheral surface 136b (that is, an opening of the fitting hole 136a) in the central axis direction of the bearing portion 136. Side). Further, as shown in FIGS. 7 and 8, the contact surface 136c is a flat surface, and its normal direction is substantially parallel to the stretching direction.

  Further, in the present embodiment, when the contact surface 136c is brought into contact with the distal end portion 128a, the load applied to the bearing portion 136 (that is, the reaction force against the contact force F3 indicated by the symbol F4 in FIG. 10). In order to prevent distortion of the bearing portion 136 caused by force (hereinafter referred to as reaction force), the bearing portion 136 is provided with a plurality of reinforcing ribs.

  Specifically, as shown in FIGS. 7 and 8, three first ribs 137 a, 137 b, and 137 c extend from the outer peripheral surface of the bearing portion 136. The three first ribs 137a, 137b, and 137c are in contact with the bottom frame 132. Of the three first ribs 137a, 137b, and 137c, the two first ribs 137a and 137b are in the main scanning from the portions located on the opposite sides in the main scanning direction on the outer peripheral surface of the bearing portion 136. It extends in the direction. The remaining first ribs 137c extend in the sub-scanning direction, that is, the direction along the contact direction when the contact surface 136c is contacted with the distal end portion 128a. As shown in FIGS. 7 and 8, the first rib 137 c extends from a portion located on the upstream side in the sub-scanning direction on the outer peripheral surface of the bearing portion 136. The first rib 137c is in contact with the bottom frame 132 and is also in contact with a side frame 134 erected at the upstream end of the bottom frame 132 in the sub-scanning direction.

  Further, as shown in FIGS. 7 to 9, a second rib 138 is provided in the fitting hole 136a. As shown in FIGS. 8 and 9, the second rib 138 is located on the deeper side of the fitting hole 136 a than the portion where the contact surface 136 c is located, and in the sub-scanning direction, that is, the contact direction. In the extending direction, the inner peripheral surface 136b is provided from a portion located on the upstream side in the sub scanning direction to a portion located on the downstream side in the sub scanning direction. In other words, the second rib 138 is provided from a portion located on the contact surface 136c side of the inner peripheral surface 136b to a portion located on the opposite side of the contact surface 136c in the sub-scanning direction. Yes.

=== Effectiveness of Compound Device of this Embodiment ===
The composite apparatus 2 that is an image reading apparatus of the present embodiment is fixed to the timing belt 161, a pair of pulleys that stretch the timing belt 161 and rotate to rotate the belt, and the timing belt 161. In this state, the image reading unit 140 for reading an image from an original, which moves as the timing belt 161 rotates, an upper case 130 and a lower case 122 connected to each other, and a driven pulley integrated with the lower case 122 A driven pulley support shaft 128 for rotatably supporting 163 and an axial load applied to the driven pulley support shaft 128 when the timing belt 161 is stretched between the pair of pulleys. , And a bearing portion 136 for restricting the fall of the driven pulley support shaft 128 caused by. Accordingly, the driven pulley 163 of the pair of pulleys around which the timing belt 161 is stretched can be appropriately supported on the driven pulley support shaft 128 integrated with the lower case 122.

  That is, as described in the section of the problem to be solved by the invention, as a measure for simplifying the composite apparatus 2 in order to reduce the cost of the composite apparatus 2, the driven pulley support shaft 128 is integrated with the lower case 122. It is conceivable to reduce the number of component parts of the composite apparatus 2 by making it. On the other hand, when the driven pulley support shaft 128 is integrated with the lower case 122, the position of the driven pulley support shaft 128 is fixed.

  By the way, when the timing belt 161 is stretched between a pair of pulleys in a state where a tension is applied to the timing belt 161, a support shaft that supports each pulley (that is, the drive pulley support shaft 126 and the driven pulley support shaft 128). ) Is subjected to axial loads F1 and F2. Here, if the driven pulley support shaft 128 is integrated with the lower case 122 and the position of the driven pulley support shaft 128 is fixed, the shaft loads F1, F2 are adjusted by adjusting the distance between the two support shafts. It becomes difficult to adjust. Therefore, while the timing belt 161 is stretched around the pair of pulleys, constant axial loads F1 and F2 are continuously applied to the support shafts that support the pair of pulleys. Further, the driven pulley support shaft 128 integrated with the lower case 122 is liable to fall in the direction in which the axial load F2 is applied (that is, the direction along the sub-scanning direction) when the axial load F2 is applied. In particular, the driven pulley support shaft 128 integrally formed with the lower case 122 by a resin material such as plastic as in the present embodiment has low rigidity compared to the drive pulley support shaft 126 formed of sheet metal. There is a tendency to more easily fall in the direction in which the axial load F2 is applied.

  When the constant axial load F2 continues to be applied to the driven pulley support shaft 128, the degree of the fall of the driven pulley support shaft 128 increases due to creep, and when the degree of the fall becomes significant, the driven pulley 163 is moved to the driven pulley support shaft 128. Proper support is difficult. In such a state, it becomes difficult for the driven pulley 163 to properly rotate the timing belt 161 in cooperation with the driving pulley 162, and it becomes difficult to appropriately move the image reading unit 140 in the sub-scanning direction. The image reading process in the apparatus 2 is hindered.

  On the other hand, in the present embodiment, a bearing portion 136 is provided as a restricting portion for restricting the fall of the driven pulley support shaft 128. As described above, when the distal end portion 128a of the driven pulley support shaft 128 is fitted into the fitting hole 136a of the bearing portion 136, the contact provided on the inner peripheral surface 136b surrounding the fitting hole 136a. The surface 136c abuts on the tip portion 128a in a direction opposite to the direction in which the axial load F2 is applied. That is, the contact force F3 from the contact surface 136c is applied to the driven pulley support shaft 128 in the direction opposite to the direction in which the axial load F2 is applied. As a result, the shaft load F2 is canceled by the contact force F3, and it becomes possible to regulate an increase in the degree of lodging of the driven pulley support shaft 128 due to creep. As a result, even if the driven pulley support shaft 128 is integrated with the lower case 122, it is possible to stably support the driven pulley 163 appropriately.

  Further, in the present embodiment, the member that regulates the overturning of the driven pulley support shaft 128 is the bearing portion 136 that is integrated with the upper case 130, and therefore, a member that separately regulates the overturning is provided. As compared with the above, the number of components of the composite apparatus 2 (more precisely, the scanner unit 20) is smaller. For this reason, the composite apparatus 2 of the present embodiment is more simplified and has a more preferable configuration.

  Further, in the present embodiment, the bearing portion 136 restricts the fall of the driven pulley support shaft 128 and prevents the driven pulley 163 from coming off from the driven pulley support shaft 128. As a result, the number of components of the composite device 2 is reduced as compared with a configuration in which a retaining member for preventing the separation is separately provided. For this reason, the composite apparatus 2 of this embodiment is further simplified and has a more preferable configuration.

  In the present embodiment, the bearing portion 136 is generated by a load (that is, reaction force F4) applied to the bearing portion 136 when the abutting surface 136c abuts on the tip portion 128a of the driven pulley support shaft 128. In order to prevent this distortion, a plurality of reinforcing ribs are provided on the bearing portion 136.

  More specifically, the bearing portion 136 includes first ribs 137a, 137b, and 137c extending from the outer peripheral surface thereof. The first ribs 137a, 137b, and 137c are in contact with the bottom frame 132 of the upper case 130, and prevent the bearing portion 136 from falling in the direction in which the reaction force F4 is applied by the reaction force F4. Of the first ribs 137a, 137b, and 137c, one first rib 137c extends in a direction along the contact direction when the contact surface 136c is in contact with the distal end portion 128a of the driven pulley support shaft 128. The bottom frame 132 and the side frame 134 erected at the upstream end of the bottom frame 132 in the sub-scanning direction. Therefore, the one first rib 137c can more efficiently prevent the bearing portion 136 from falling due to the reaction force F4 than the other first ribs 137a and 137b.

  The bearing portion 136 includes a second rib 138 in the fitting hole 136a. The second rib 138 is provided in a direction along the contact direction from a portion located on the contact surface 136c side of the inner peripheral surface 136b to a portion located on the opposite side of the contact surface 136c. Yes. Such a second rib 138 appropriately prevents the portion of the bearing portion 136 located on the contact surface 136c side from being distorted by being pressed by the reaction force F4 in the direction in which the reaction force F4 acts. Has been.

  Since the reinforcing rib as described above is provided in the bearing portion 136, the strength of the bearing portion 136 against the reaction force F4 is improved, and the composite device 2 of the present embodiment has a more preferable configuration.

=== Other Embodiments ===
The image reading apparatus has been mainly described above based on the above embodiment. However, the above embodiment of the present invention is intended to facilitate understanding of the present invention and does not limit the present invention. The present invention can be changed and improved without departing from the gist thereof, and the present invention includes the equivalents thereof.

  In the above-described embodiment, the composite apparatus 2 has been described as an example of the image reading apparatus. That is, in the above-described embodiment, the image reading apparatus integrated with the printer unit 30 as a printing apparatus has been described. However, the present invention is not limited to this. For example, the image reading apparatus may be a scanner that is not integrated with the printing apparatus.

3 is a block diagram of the composite apparatus 2. FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a scanner unit 20. FIG. 2 is a perspective view showing the scanner unit 20 with an upper lid 110 opened. FIG. 2 is a perspective view showing the scanner unit 20 with an upper lid 110 opened. FIG. 2 is a diagram showing an internal structure of a scanner unit 20. FIG. It is a figure which shows the coil spring 165 latched by the timing belt 161. FIG. 3 is a schematic plan view showing a lower case 122. FIG. FIG. 4 is a schematic plan view (left diagram) showing the upper case 130 and an enlarged view (right diagram) of the bearing portion 136 provided in the upper case 130. FIG. It is a perspective view about the bearing part 136. FIG. It is a figure which shows a mode that the front-end | tip part 128a of the driven pulley support shaft 128 is engaging with the fitting hole 136a of the bearing part 136. FIG. It is a figure which shows the cross section at the time of cut | disconnecting by the BB surface in FIG.

Explanation of symbols

2 compound devices, 3 computers, 10 controllers,
11 interface, 12 CPU, 13 memory,
14 unit control circuit, 20 scanner unit,
30 Printer unit, 100 Mounting glass, 110 Upper lid,
111 Document mat, 120 casing, 122 lower case,
122a depression, 124 partition plate, 124a passage hole,
126 driving pulley support shaft, 128 driven pulley support shaft, 128a tip,
130 upper case, 132 bottom frame, 132a opening, 134 side frame,
136 bearing part, 136a fitting hole, 136b inner peripheral surface, 136c contact surface,
137a, 137b, 137c first rib, 138 second rib,
140 Image reading unit, 142 CIS,
150 carriage, 151 engaging portion, 152 clamping portion,
160 drive mechanism, 161 timing belt, 161a bent portion,
162 driving pulley, 163 driven pulley, 164 gear train,
165 coil spring, 165a cylindrical portion, 165b winding direction end,
170 Guide bar, 180 spacer

Claims (3)

  1. An annular belt,
    A pair of rotating bodies that stretch the belt and rotate to rotate the belt;
    An image reading unit for reading an image from a document, which moves as the belt rotates while being fixed to the belt;
    A pair of frames connected to each other;
    A support shaft that is integrated with one of the frames and rotatably supports one of the rotating bodies;
    A regulating portion provided on the other frame body, for regulating the fall of the support shaft caused by the axial load applied to the support shaft by the belt being stretched between the pair of rotating bodies;
    Have
    The regulation part is
    A protrusion-shaped bearing portion for receiving the support shaft, which is provided with a fitting hole for fitting the tip end portion of the support shaft, and integrated with the other frame body;
    The bearing portion is
    A flat contact surface provided on an inner peripheral surface surrounding the fitting hole, for contacting the tip portion;
    Have
    The abutment surface abuts on the tip end so that the abutment direction when the abutment surface abuts on the tip end and the direction in which the axial load is applied to the support shaft are opposite to each other. To regulate the lodging,
    One of the frame bodies includes a bottom frame and a side frame that is erected at one end in a direction along the contact direction of the bottom frame,
    The bearing portion protrudes from the bottom frame; and
    A rib extending from the outer peripheral surface of the bearing portion in a direction along the contact direction, and in contact with the bottom frame and the side frame;
    An image reading apparatus comprising:
  2. The image reading apparatus according to claim 1,
    The bearing portion is
    A rib provided in a direction along the contact direction from a portion located on the contact surface side of the inner peripheral surface to a portion located on the opposite side of the contact surface;
    An image reading apparatus comprising:
  3. The image reading apparatus according to claim 1 or 2,
    The pair of rotating bodies is a pair of pulleys,
    The support shaft rotatably supports one of the pulleys,
    The image reading apparatus, wherein the bearing portion prevents one pulley from coming off from the support shaft.
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